Cochrane Author Training Workshops
Systematic Reviews are considered the best source of evidence for health care decision making and can help to improve operational efficiency, particularly in settings with limited resources. Too few Systematic Reviews that address important regional health issues have been initiated in the Caribbean Findings from these reviews would also be relevant to other small island developing states with similar health challenges as well as international research and donor agencies.
To address this need CAIHR has been hosting an annual Cochrane Training workshop in collaboration with Cochrane Caribbean (https://caribbean.cochrane.org) introducing participants to the steps involved in a systematic review. These include:
- Formulating a clinical research question(s)
- Developing a search strategy
- Establishing criteria for study selection and collecting these data
- Assessing risk of bias in the studies selected
- Data synthesis - including meta- analysis when appropriate
Our first training workshop was held in 2012 in conjunction with the University of Ottawa Centre for Global Health and since 2013 we have been offering this course annually with support from the US Cochrane Center.
Successful completion qualifies participants to become Cochrane authors. Support for the initiation and conduct of investigator initiated reviews or collaborations with existing review groups involved in your area of research is provided by members of Cochrane Caribbean.